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CONFESSIONS

thumbnail image Friday 26th May: Confessions will begin at the later time of 12.30pm. The queue will close by 5.30pm.

Saturday 27th May: Confessions will begin at the later time of 11.30am.The queue will close by 6.30pm.

OREMUS - May edition available

thumbnail image The May edition of Oremus, the Cathedral Magazine, is now out. Please take a FREE copy, available at the back of the Cathedral. Donations towards the production costs are, as always, most welcome.

The online version is available here:http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/downloads/May17website.pdf

See also: Oremus - The Cathedral Magazine

Related links: Oremus May Edition

CATECHISM – WHAT WE BELIEVE What is heaven?

thumbnail image Questions and answers taken from YouCat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Heaven is the endless moment of love. Nothing more separates us from God, whom our soul loves and has sought our whole life long. Together with all the angels and saints we will be able to rejoice forever in and with God. If you have ever observed a couple looking at each other lovingly or seen a baby nursing who looks for his mother’s eyes as though it wanted to store up every smile forever, then you have some inkling of heaven. To be able to see God face to face - that is like one, single, never-ending moment of love.

See also: The Sacramental Life

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

thumbnail image Each year, the Cathedral runs a course from September to May for adults who have not been baptised and would like to be, as well as for Christians of other denominations who would like to be received into the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics who have not been confirmed. The course is known as the RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). More information is available from juliehanssen@rcdow.org.uk or Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055. Closing date: 31 August 2017.

Related links: Email: Julie Hanssen

REGULAR DONATIONS

thumbnail image Regular donations to the Cathedral can be made by standing order or by using a set of numbered envelopes and, if you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, you can sign a Gift Aid declaration enabling us to reclaim the tax paid on the amount of your donations at no extra cost to yourself. If you are interested, please email: Anne Marie Micallef annemariem@rcdow.org.uk. or call her on 020 7931 6067.

There are also a large number of planned giving envelopes which have not yet been collected. These can be collected from Clergy House Reception during the first two weeks of May.

Related links: Email: Anne Marie

SVP SPRING BOOK SALE

thumbnail image The SVP would like to thank everyone who supported last Sunday’s book sale by donating and/or buying books, CDs and DVDs. It was a very busy and successful event and we raised over £560. Our next sale will take place on 25 June and we look forward to seeing you there.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

thumbnail image If you wish to contact the St Vincent de Paul Society please leave a message at Clergy House Reception or email svpcathedral@rcdow.org.uk.

Related links: Email: Cathedral St Vincent De Paul

LATEST FRIENDS’ EVENTS

thumbnail image 8 June: Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen. Talk by journalist and author Giles Tremlett: Westminster Cathedral Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm. There will be a glass of wine and book signing after the event. Tickets £10.

Tickets are available from Clergy House Reception and the Friends’ office on 020 7798 9059.

See also: Friends News

Related links: Email The Friends

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR WOMEN

thumbnail image The weekend for young women (20s and 30s) is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life. The theme is Discerning God’s Call in my life and will take place from 26-28 May in Broadstairs, Kent. It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne FCJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org.

Related links: Email Sr Lynne FCJ FCJ Website

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image This will take place on Wednesday, 14 June, leaving from the Cathedral at 7.15am. Tickets: adult £16, child £10. Contact Theresa on 07553 846685 or Mellie on 07889 496740 to book a place. All are welcome.

LONDON EVENINGS OF FAITH

thumbnail image MAY TO JULY 2017
A series of talks on ‘Developing the thought of St John Paul II’ take place at 7pm on 23 May, 6 June, 20 June and 4 July. Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.

GEORGE MALCOLM EXHIBITION

thumbnail image This exhibition, sponsored by The Friends of Westminster Cathedral, is now open in the Chapel of St Gregory and St Augustine until 30 July. Entry is free.

THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY

thumbnail image Pope's Prayer Intention: Christians in Africa. That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Urgent Intention: Priestly Vocations. Led by the Spirit for Mission - May he give us priests enamoured of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sisters, living signs of God’s merciful love.

PRIESTS’ TRAINING FUND

thumbnail image Last week’s appeal raised the grand total of £6,010. A very big thank you to our parishioners for their continued generosity.

CATHOLIC UNION LECTURE: Martyrs and Exiles: Christian and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East

thumbnail image Martyrs and Exiles: Christian and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East.
The speakers will be Gerard Russell, former British and UN Diplomat, and John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need UK. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 1 June, 6.30pm at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street (off Trafalgar Square), London SW1Y 4HG. Free admission, all welcome. Please register on Eventbrite or on 020 8749 1321 or at info@catholicunion.org.uk.

Related links: Register here Eventbrite registration here

BRIGHTLIGHTS FESTIVAL

thumbnail image This is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place 23-26 June in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Come and join us for a weekend of live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B, to journey together in faith through liturgy and worship, and to hear about the possibilities of living life: UNLIMITED. To find out more information or book tickets and a coach space, visit our website: brightlights.org.uk, call 0300 075 0115 or find us on social media: T/FB/IG: BLFestival.

EIGHTH NATIONAL DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

thumbnail image This will take place on Saturday, 3 June to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, and is being organised by the Divine Mercy Apostolate - Marian Fathers. Coach departs from Westminster Cathedral at 7.15am, cost £17. Contact Emmanuel on 020 7286 3804/07721 362000 or Caroline on 07960 466377.

FLORES DE MAYO (FLOWERS OF MAY)

thumbnail image The Filipino Club at Westminster Cathedral invites you to their celebration of Flores de Mayo on Saturday, 27 May from 3pm until 10pm in Cathedral Hall Tickets £15 to include food, entertainment, raffle, disco, ballroom, line dancing. All are welcome. For tickets and further information, please contact Shirley Reyes on 07776 046049 or Cora Emflorgo on 07951 168976.

GRAND ORGAN FESTIVAL

thumbnail image This year's Grand Organ Festival will bring another season of stellar performances to the Cathedral, with British and International players performing a wide range of repertoire.

Details of this year's performers and dates can be found on our website: http://westminstercathedralchoir.com/grand-organ-festival.php

The Festival launches with a concert by James Lancelot of Durham Cathedral, who will play:

JS Bach - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
JS Bach - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein (BWV 734)
Mendelssohn - Sonata No 4 in B flat major (Op. 65)
Alain - Suite pour orgue
Franck - Grande pièce symphonique

Tickets are £12 (£10) and are available on the door. We will also be selling our season tickets, priced at £70 (£60) for all eight concerts. Please note that we accept cash only. The concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 6.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm, and last approx 75 minutes without interval.

Related links: More details here

JOIN CAFOD’S TEAM OF SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

thumbnail image We are looking for volunteers who would like to take the CAFOD message into Catholic primary and secondary schools in this area. You will help to inspire children and young people through CAFOD’s range of assemblies and workshops as to how they can act to make the world a fairer place To find out more please call 020 8449-6970, or email wschools@cafod.org.uk. Volunteers will be accepted on successful completion of interview, training days and a DBS (Disclosure and barring service) check.

Related links: Email: CAFOD